Though House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) assumed that her theatrical, made-for-tv Jan. 6 Select Committee hearings would be the final nail in the coffin when it comes to former President Donald Trump’s future prospects in the political arena, new reporting suggests that for many viewers, they are having the exact opposite effect, according to the Daily Caller.
The outlet cited an NBC News report indicating that GOP voters in the state of Nevada who watched some of the committee’s proceedings walked away with the impression that what occurred in the hearing room was “reprehensible” and even “disgusting” and caused their support to swing more strongly in Trump’s favor.
Nevadans not impressed
The network solicited opinions from groups of voters in Clark and Washoe counties, and contrary to the Democrats’ hopes and expectations, the hearings appeared to solidify the suspicions of many that the hearings are little more than political theater designed to bury an opponent the left continues to be perhaps its biggest threat.
Clark County Trump voter Tom Berenato declared, “It’s all political and designed to try to prevent Donald Trump from running for president again.”
In support of that contention, Berenato pointed to the fact that the panel – hand-picked by Pelosi – has “nobody on it with opposing views,” a reference to the speaker’s rejection last summer of Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) appointments to the committee and her decision to tap anti-Trump Republicans Reps. Adam Kinzinger (IL) and Liz Cheney (WY) for participation, as The Hill reported at the time.
“You’ve got the liberal mass media, completely controlled with a narrative that’s sent out to all of them at about 4 a.m. in the morning. That’s why you can read their lips on your screen; they’re all saying the same thing,” lamented Nevada Republican voter Donald Fossum.
Though there are certainly numerous members of the Jan. 6 panel who are itching for criminal charges to be leveled against Trump, there have been increasingly mixed signals in recent days about whether they will take concrete steps to make that happen.
Just last week, committee chair Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) declared that the group had no plans to make any criminal referrals to the Justice Department (DOJ) stemming from the Jan. 6 inquiry, according to a report in The Hill.
“That’s not our job. Our job is to look at Jan. 6. What caused it and make recommendations after that… .We don’t have the authority,” Thompson said.
Those remarks sparked a surprisingly public show of disagreement among committee members, whose aggressive approach has seemed nothing short of lockstep since the panel’s creation, with Cheney taking to Twitter to temper Thompson’s claim by saying, “The January 6th Select Committee has not issued a conclusion regarding potential criminal referrals. We will announce a decision on that at an appropriate time.”
Despite pulling out all the dramatic stops, including hiring a former television executive to produce their broadcast spectacle, the Democrats’ mission to neutralize Trump once and for all appears to be falling on many deaf ears.
As Republican Reno retiree Judy Cameron put it, “It might as well be impeachment No. 3 for Donald Trump. This is their big push to get Donald Trump off the ballot,” but if those who spoke to NBC News are any indication of broader trends among the electorate, Pelosi and friends are poised for disappointment, indeed.